• Poll Shows Dems and Repubs Really Do See the American Dream in Different Ways

    Surge Summary: A recent poll demonstrates more Republicans than Democrats think the American Dream is within reach. 

    Mairead McArdle over at National Review reports,

    38 percent of Democrats say they do not believe they will achieve the American dream in their lifetimes, compared to just 11 percent of Republicans, according to a new Gallup poll.

    Thirty-eight percent versus eleven percent? That’s a telling difference.

    Drilling down on the broader numbers: Two-thirds of independents count the dream as attainable; thirty-one percent do not. Seventy percent of Americans in general feel the American dream is within their reach. That’s a healthy majority. Twenty-nine percent don’t see it that way.

    The 38 percent of pessimistic Dems represent a noteworthy increase from a decade ago, when 29 percent of Democrats said they’d given up on the American Dream. President Trump, not insignificantly, has described the Republican party as “the party of the American Dream.” You’d think that alone would have contributed to the increasing partisan split on the matter.

    If true, that’s especially sad. The “American Dream” preceded Donald trump and will perdure following his Administration. Why would someone reject it just because the President approves of it? Sounds like cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face.

    “The American dream is back,” the president said after taking office in 2017. “We’re going to create an environment for small business like we haven’t had in many, many decades.”

    That ought to be regarded as a good thing, oughtn’t it? What’s the alternative? Hopelessness? An enshrined victim mentality? Deeper and deeper and deeper government dependence for the average American Joe (or Jolene)?

    A pro-business climate emanating out of Washington should spur expectation among those who love American and believe her founding principles work if applied.

    This poll seems to involve a bit of a chicken and egg conundrum: do people gravitate toward liberalism and the Democrat party because of their already bleak mentality, or does a bleak mentality develop in them because they are liberals or Democrats? Or is it a blending of both.

    I’m guessing that last explanation is the ticket.

    But whatever its source, despair is never attractive, never helpful. It seems in the United States we are offered one major political party that rebuffs despair – and one that cultivates it, that panders to it. One elevates dreams; the other squashes them.

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